Diane Knepper, 70, was killed by her pit bull-mix in the backyard of her home on Grantley Road.
Toledo Woman Killed by Dog
Toledo, OH - A 70-year old woman is dead after being mauled by a pit bull-mix. The attack occurred in the backyard of her home in the 4200 block of Grantley Road. Workers from a lawn care company found her body. Toledo police and fire crews responded to the scene just before noon. Police said the victim had "significant injuries possibly caused by her dog." Fire and paramedics were able to move the dog away from the victim in order to render aid to her. She was declared dead at the scene.
The Lucas County Coroner later identified the victim as Diane Knepper. Her cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt and sharp force injuries.
The victim's identity was not initially released, pending notification of next of kin. Lt. Paul Davis, the Toledo Police Department Public Information Officer, said that detectives are conducting a death investigation. Kelly Sears, the dog warden of Lucas County Canine Care and Control, said the suspected canine is a Labrador pit bull-mix, reports the Toledo Blade. News video shows the dark-colored dog behind bars in the warden's truck wearing a red leash. The dog belongs to the victim.
Toledo police released the 911 call to a local media outlet. One hears a frantic lawn care employee reporting the attack. "We're here to mow a customer's grass. There's a dog in the backyard, and the lady's down, face down in the ground," the person states. "The woman next door just said he's been trying to fight the neighbor's dogs, so she must have been trying to control her dog," the person states. They found Knepper on the ground holding her dog's leash. Police continue to investigate.
Toledo Dog Bite Fatalities
After no reported fatal dog maulings in Lucas County over the 15-year period of 2005 to 2019, there have been four fatal attacks in a 2-year period. All of the victims have been adults, 26-70 years old. All of the dogs involved have been pit bulls, of which 75% were family pit bulls. Most recently, Bonnie Varnes, 58, was mutilated and killed by her daughter's pit bull named "Amenia." The dog attacked her as she led the dog into her backyard. Her daughter described Amenia as being vicious “at times."
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Law enforcement departments across the United States should release consistent "baseline" information to the media and the public after each fatal dog mauling, including these items.